(She's turning four. She loves Disney princesses, My Little Ponies, dancing like a ballerina, etc...)
"She could always use dresses" was her reply. Of course- we all need clothes! Plus little girls' clothes are always so cute.
I used a simple dress pattern: McCalls 3882. The pattern was for sizes 6-7-8, so I had to draw in for a size 5.
To change it up (and because I had just watched a Craftsy quilting class), I decided to make the front bodice a log cabin quilt block. I've always liked the log cabin pattern. The dress fabric was blue with yellow and red dots, so I used reds in my block.
I did not plan it, but the middle turned out looking like an American flag. I went with it. I made that be the middle, so the log cabin block itself is slightly off center.
My block wasn't perfect. It was my first try.
I'm not perfect; I'm rustic.
Another added step: I used all French seams. For those who don't know, per usual sewing construction, sew right sides together. Using French seams, sew wrong sides together, press seam and then sew right sides together. This added step encases the raw or cut edge of the fabric, creating a more finished seam.
I text my mother-in-law, "I am a crazy lady. I am trying to use only French seams on Lilianna's dress!"
"Oh Colleen! That is so much work!"
It did take some rethinking, but it was something I wanted to do.
Just call me "Crazy Aunt Colleen."
If I do this again, I will cut my log cabin strips thinner, so you can see more of the block.
When I finished, my husband and I both thought it looked like a prairie dress. Does anyone have a bonnet pattern?
You used to be small and quite content sitting in one place.
Now you are tall, can't sit still and are learning to ride your first bike!
Don't grow up too fast.
Happy Birthday, Lilianna!